The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 21, 1966 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 21, 1966
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Idealistic Minority Group The Mississippi County Young Republicans Club either i» bringing up a topic for reconsideration or opening an old wound in iponwring t town meet- tag, th« purpose of which it to inform citizeni of the the city manager form of government. This meeting will be held Tuesday in the City Hall and will have as ita speaker Aneil Douthit, city managre of Little Rock. It should b« noted that the Young Republicans are taking no position on city managership, but, according to YR spokesmen, merely are attempting to inform, a laudable goal in itself. The city manager form of govern- went for municipalities has much to recommend it. Councilmen are elected at large, which means that good men are not discriminated against by reason of geography (and for heaven's sake the community of interests in a city as small as Blytheville must be broad enough to include the entire city, one would think). The city manager does not have a free hand in the operation of the city, but is responsible to this board. Of course, police are put under civil service automatically and this means they can't be fired without cause. Opponents of city managership claim they Of New System The professor of mathematics and his fiance were out roaming in the fields when ean't be relieved of their duties at afl, although no one has introduced any substantial evidence that towni with civil service for police have worst police departments because of it Generally, city manager govern ment is unpopular with politicians. Bly. theville Mayor Jimmie Edwards, for example, could be expected to be «- gainst it and there is not inconsiderable irony in this because Mr. Edwards only is the best city manager going.. .he just happens to be a mayor, too; and a mayor first. It was a sort of happy accident which brought Mr. Edwards' political and managerial talents to City Hall. Although we're properly gratfeul, we don't believe in pressing the city's luck for all time. Actually, the fact that city manag- ership is beheld as an ugly child of government by the politician, may mean it has something'to offer. At least this fact should sharpen citizen interest in it. By sponsoring this program, the Young Republicans have demonstrated that they are not dormant but are working to heighten interest in govern, ment. The idealism of these minority groups is not without its reward, now is it? she plucked a daisy and, looking at him eo- quettishly, began to pull off the petals, saying "He loves, he loves me not." "You are giving yourself a lot of unnecessary trouble" said the professor. "You should count up the petals and if the total is an even number, the answer will be negative; if an uneven number, in the affirmative."——Des Mbines Tribune. Show Beat \ by \ Dick Kleiner \ ' . sRS DE-ESCAIATIOM, 49S4 ¥••2 *AQ» VAKJJ04 • JC4 **" — . 8GDTH AAQTet VQ> + KQS *KJ8 Soth Tobon CA8* 4JTWS VSTS 4»T«s We* IV FM* *•*• »«• F»» 44. FUJI Opening ta Dbta. 3* JACOBY ON BRIDGE Bridge is not played in a vacuum. You have a partner and you have opponents and if you want to succeed as a player you should believe your partner first and also pay attention to what your opponents have done. When South looked over dummy his first thought was that North had bid a trifle too much when he jumped to four spades but the contract was a reasonable one. South knew he would have to lose two heart tricks but if he could get away with the loss of only one spade, everything would be fine. Playing in a vacuum, South would simply have taken a spade finesse and gone down when the finesse lost but South wasn't playing in a vacuum. He followed to two hearts and ruffed the third. He noted that East followed to the third heart, therefore West could not have started with more than five hearts. South counted 27 high cart points between his hand and for East and West. Eight o( them were represented by the ace-king-jack of hearts and the other five by the king and jack of spades and the jack of diamonds. West had opened the bidding with one heart. He surely needed the king of spades for his opening bid, in which case the spade finesse would not work.. This left another play for the contract and South tried it. Instead of finessing the spade South simply led out the ace and a small one. West had to win with the king and South was able to pick up the rest of the tricks. ij||||!||[lil[||l|[||[!lllHII|[IBII[!IIIBlll]!l«B!ll]llllll» Crossett News Obierver A plea for all school districts !n the state to turn over a new leaf and quit charging student fees was made this week by State Education Commissioner A. W. Ford, who urged other schools to follow the example of Trumann, Ark., where fees have been abolished. According to Ford Arkansas school children are now paying out an estimated $1.5 million each year in extra fees for such things as "breakage," text books, and special course charges. "Charging fees is something that spreads and is subject to abuse," he says, "and there is no question that the fees tend to discriminate against children of poorer parents." In molt instances, the Commissioner said, feel start out on an innocent basis but then like Topsy just grow and grow. For example he said some schools start out charging a 25 cent fee for breakage in a chemistry course then a few years later it has mushrooned into a fee of $4 or $5. The profit goes into a miscellaneous fund that Is not audited and can thus be used for 'such extra auricular activities as school dances and band trips, which cannot come out of tax money. Ford thinks there is resent- is working on a plan of this nature which they will no doubt present to the voters in September. When that time comes we hope full support of school patrons is given so that Crossett can follow the example set by the Trumann schools and once and for all operate a system that is not a mockery of the claim of a "free public education for all." Benton Courier A tangible step is being taken at last to eliminate another deficiency in the Arkansas educational program. Petitions are being circulated calling for a referendum vote on a proposed constitutional change which would permit public school kindergartens in the state. As it now stands, the state constitution sets age limits from six through 21 for public school students. This rules out the holding of public kindergartens for five- year-olds. Arkansas is the only state left in the tinion where public school kindergartens are not permis- sable. PTA groups in Benton are among those circulating the kindergarten amendment petitions. In our estimation, there is no ment even among some of the {justification for not allowing more affluent citizens of most I kindergartens in Arkansas. school districts about the fee system in our supposedly "free public schools" and lie is right. Most people would rather pay a little higher tax, we believed, then be called OB by their offspring to fork over # to $3 every week for this or that special fee. Croesett idMol it net as bad as in some places it is still a point of aggravation that if e feel could bt corrected. This could cone about by simply raiting tteralllage rate a stoglt mill. Such an increase would bring in about fttOOO ptr year, which would go far toward eliov Inittig most fees. The School Board la aware of thfs fact and They have been a long-accepted practice in most other states in the country. The amendment would not would give the school districts the privilege of installing kindergarten classes as part of the regular school curriculum when and if they saw fit. We think every legal voter in Benton ought to contact school or PTA authorities or take whatever other steps may be necessary to get his name on one of (he petitions. Mighty oaks grow from little aeerni. This is at good a time as any to commence knocking •aether anachronism out of the state rigging. Caruthersvilla Journal The action Monday night by Mayor B. F. Rogers and the City Council to increase the pay of most city employees was most commendable for there are few workers that deserve a raise more than these people. Unfortunately, most city employees work for a salary far below that of workers in comparative positions. Many of them are working for .pay which is clearly not enough to raise a family on and to live in any measurable comfort. But, we will add that Caruthersville's pay scale is comparable to other communities in this area. We might also add that most communities the size of Caruthersville are faced with the same problem of low wages for the employees. It is a question of whether the tax dollars are to be spread more thinly to provide a quantity of services or more limited to allow fair pay ment for those who render the services. While the taxpayer is genrally in sympathy with th city employee over his economic plight, the man paying the bills also wants as much for his money as he can get. Mayor Rogers is sympathetic toward the workers and makes a genuine effort to do the most he can to improve their position. But he is also firm and realistic about the city's economic situation and will be quick to tell you that you can't spend money that you haven't got. He is concerned about the raises they gave this week because the funds with which he intends to cover the raise will be about $1,000 short of the total increase. But knowing the mayor, he will work it out if he cm without increasing the tax burden. In view of the facts, though, we feel most of our city employees deserve a little pat on the back for the services they render — many of them In a v*ry devoted way - in spite ef the low pay they receive. Speaking Up Momlton Democrat It will be interesting to watch the maneuvers as the Republican Party continues its efforts to make Arkansas' public records really public. The new battleground (new?) Is Madison County, where entrenched Democrats have refused to allow inspection of the "public" voter registration records. It should be recalled that Madison County IS the place where (in one recent election) Over 100 PER CENT of the eligible voters exercised their privilege. It seems altogether possible that the real reason that "public" records aren't public at all in Madison County might well be the manner in which Madison elections are conduct. J (and guess who wins regularly up there?). Come to think of it, the same thing happened in Conway County (the over 100 per cent performance) and the records involved simply disappeared. And people who suggested things might be somewhat off-the-trail were indicted — not folks handling those elections. Regardless of that, The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled rather firmly that public records really are PUBLIC. So the new Madison C t' u n t y Mess should be well worth watching. Question of the week: Why does only ONE political party strive to make public records public in Arkansas? We suspect the answer is getting better known every day. Oieeolo Times *« kingpin. And, we are sure the state Some highly sensitive Demo- will also survive and a decade crats in Arkansas are showing signs that they are beginning to recover from the shock that the party's primary ballot will not contain a certain well known name this summer. They had been warned that this would occur but they could not believe such an unlikely possibility could become a reality. However, the primary deadline came and passed without Governor Orval Faubds filing for reelection. The great one has made good his threat to step down. There is some division as to what the eventful step will lead to. Some ar« saying that the Democrats are conceding the state to the hated Republicans. Others express the opinion that the decision assures the election of a Democrat, something they had been worryint about when considering the possibility of the perennial candidate heading the ticket. Seemingly a majority of the Arkansas press hews to the latter line. Anyway, there are eight candidates in tht field which should make a lively contest of the gubernatorial race. Out of which hence the name Faubus may be only a memory. Dumas Clarion Governor Faubus" blast at the Arkansas press last week showed that the governor may b« retiring but he hasn't changed his tactics nor mellowed in the last days of his administration. It was the same Faubus who has baited the Arkansas Gazette and Pine Bluff Commercial who stood in front of a convention in Little Rock last week and let go his verbal barrage. In essence, he was reported to nave said: On of the greatest headaches of a public official is to face carping criticism by members of the news media, some of whom are the greatest smart alecks in the world. HOILYWOOD (NBA) One block from Paramount Studios, the "Warning Shot" company was shooting. Since they were outside, the studio grounds, even if it was only a block, it wai technically on location. They had rented the house belonging to one of the Paramount drivers, a man named Al Latta. In th* picture, this was David Janssen's house. The scene Buzz Kulik was directing had Janssen drinking a glass of milk containing a Mickey Finn, passing out in a chair and then a gloved hand comes in and turns on the gas jet. Obviously, somebody didn't like Mm. The gloved hand belonged to Un Felber, ah actor who took a lot of ribbing — "I've heard of a stand-in, but you're just a hand-in" — good-naturedly. While waiting for the set to be lighted, Janssen relaxed in his sumptuous trailer. As soon as "Warning Shot" is finished, Janssen goes back to the fourth year of his television series. The Fugitive. Janssen thinks the series will go another year after this, that's all. "I played golf with Quran Mar tin (the producer) the other day," Janssen said, "and we both agreed — and we're the two controlling interests — that there's no point in going more than five years." He says they haven't reached any decision on how to end the series — "There are lots of rumors about it, but that's all they are." Then they shot the scene. It worked well. But when David dropped the half-empty glass of milk, the liquid dripped into his | shoe. He had to finish the scene with a milky foot. In the studio, Bill Castle was there should come a reasonably right hut wen if he does rec- able man, even if not too well °P»*« something good, then the known, who can givt battle to Mr. Rockefeller, or ar.other hopeful if the Republicans prefer. So, few thoughtful Democrats at this stage of the game are conceding anything to the tne- nv. The party is not dead and can survive the step down of 'em. •»«*,»» frfef 'H e»rfr I owM taw etfertW f» ft* te ea/fas», frf •ify M STATW-twtisulttli «*»Jfc_*«* tor* sponsible news people," the govmor said, adding that newspapers will send a fresh college graduate to cover politics and expect him to write fcnow- ledgeably. "He develops an attitude that a politician can do no editor and the news policymak- rs suppress it," opined the governor. Newspapers, by reason of their prying reporters and often acid - tongue editorialists, are frequently the target of the politicians. Mr. Faubus should know as he was a country newspaper owner before he became governor and has since acquired other newspaper properties. Criticizing the press is a good way of making the headlines particularly when one 1 a b e 1 s them as smart-alecks. But seem a little strange to see such statements coming from a newspaper owner, who should know seme of the problems encountered by newspapermen in cov- ring the politicians. As for cub reporters handling the political news, this is far from fact generally. The most experienced, and well informed, staff members from newspapers capital press corps. They include no rookies, but seasoned professionals — and are capable of reporting the news fairly- What may presently irk Mr. Faubus is that the newspapers turned up a real administration scandal in the king - size pay raises for the Highway Department and a smirky situation in the secret meetings to use tax funds far the purchase of investment properties. Mr. Faubus' administration has faced some carping criticism, to bt sure, but he mutt realist that seme ef It Is wall- deserved. 75 Years Ago -In Blytheyille Miss Betsy Bell Incoming president of the Red Pepper Club, entertained at the home of her aunt, Mrs. R. D. Hughes, yesterday complimenting senior members of the Red Pepper Club. Miss Bell was assisted by Miss Donna Sue Gore. Miss Peggy Zachary, Miss Martha Nichols,' Miss Rosemary Monoghan and Miss Elizabeth Lutes. Miss Shirley King of Blytheville has been named as one ol 42 girls at the University of Arkansas who will serve as sophomore counsellors next year for the mortar board, honorary society for women. Herman Tinker who is stationed aboard the USS Walke in the Far East has been transferred to a Naval Hospital in Japan for an appendectomy it was learned here today. directing a scene for Mi new comedy • mystery. "The Spirit Is Willing." What made the scene interesting to watch wai that It was a love scene and the two participants had never done one before — in public. Jill Townsend, in her first movie, and Bob Donner, an experienced character actor, were playing ghosts, who materialized on top of a piano Cass Daley was playing. Before her horri- ted eyes they kissed long and lovingly. Jill is a pale, frail blonde from Long Island (her father is a wheel in a car-rental firm that keeps trying harder). She giggled as Donner planted a firm kiss on her lips. But I was watching Bob's wife Cissy, a lovely blonde in a backless sports dress. She had climb, ed a ladder to get a better view of her husband's first screen love scene. "I thought," Cissy said later, 'that I was going to be blase about this, but I find I'm very jealous." Another scene bad Dormer and Miss Townsend cringing behind a sofa as Cass was supposed to pelt them with light bulbs. Earlier, Cass had thrown a flower pot and it had acci- dentaliy conked a grip. "Are you going to trust me to throw the light bulbs?" Cass asked Castle. The director said no, somebody offstage would throw them. Jill was a little worried that she might be cut by the bulbs. "Show her what they're made of so she won't be afaid," Castle told one of the prop men. They were made of a synthetic plastic. "It's just candy," the prop- man told her. And then he turned to me and whispered, "We call it candy for psychological reasons." Whatever it was, It shattered nicely and no one was hurt. Blytheville (Ark.) Courier New Page Four Saturday, May 21, 196* Washington may have had Its own "leaning tower" if a proposed deep terracing of grounds around the Washington Monument had been carried out in 1901, the National Geographic says. Test borings later proved that removal of the spongy sand and clay would have undermined the shaft's foundation. THE BLYTHEVn.Ll COURIER NEWS tVC COURIER NEWS CO. B. W. BAINES. PUBLISHES) HARRY A. HAI.VEB Assistant pnbUiHiir-Edltoi PAUL J>. HUMAN Adrertlilnt Minna •o1» National Adiertlilnj Representative Wallace Winner Co. New Turk, "'iicafo, Detroit. Atlanta. MempfeSj Second-class postage paid at Blrtbtnlle, Ark. Mtmbit o! th> Associates Pram SUBSCRIPTION KATES B; carrier la tbt cltj of Birth* TlUe or any suburban town whefl carrier ternr* la maintained We nt week. fl.SO per month, BT nun within a radius, of • miles, fl.oo per jear fs.oo 'or sM montns, 13.00 for tnn« montbs, bj mall, outside so mile radlna 118.01 per jear v»*%Me In advance. Mali subscriptions are not aeeaBt- ed In towns and titles wnere The Courier Nawi carrier sertlca tt maintained. Mall subicripnons an payable la NOTE: Tne courier News uiumst no responsibility for pbotofrapbl manuscripts, engravings or matt lilt wltb it (or poulblt publication. uiiiiiniiiiiinininin Marked Tree Tribune So far as we are concerned, gubernatorial candidate Brooks Hays has scored an early strike out In the first major announcement concerning his campaign platform as a Democratic nominee hopeful. We refer to his statement last week that he "believed" he could provide changes in the state welfare set-up and use his contacts in Washington to raise welfare payments in the state by as much as $50 per month. We had thought Mr. Hays, who has a background of active church lay leadership, would not be tempted to barter on the need of the indigent for votes. This nebulous "promise" of his follows a reprehensible political practice that we deplore — a practice that demeans tht dignity of the individual. It is a practice that has bten used to the fullest by the current administration and one we had hoped to set abandoned under a succeeding Arkansas administration. In his announcement Mr. Hays Implies that because of his recent service in the national Democratic administration that he would have more "pull" with federal agencies handling funds used for welfare payments. This does at least bring new cred- ance to the charge made by a Congressman recently that state and national Democratic party leaders were using promises of increased federal funds to gain votes. If we remember correctly the Congressman called this practice, "political blackmail." Arkansas citizens deserve better than this as they turn to a Choice of a new chief executive. The state does not need to center its interest on increased welfare payments — it desperately needs to p'ace that interest on programs that will lessen the need for welfare payments — improved quality in education, broadened industrial job opportunity, an expansion of its tourist industry, and a wiser use of its fabulous natural and human resources. When the overall welfare of this state and all of its citizens is made the platform of a candidate and.the goal of an administration, even the recipients of monthly welfare payments will benefit more than they could from any ether program.

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